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2018 Fees Consultation Q&A


FAQ What would the new fee structure look like if the proposals are agreed?

The HCPC is proposing to increase the registration renewal fee from pound90 to pound106 per year with a similar level of increase to the other fees we charge. Full details of our proposals are on pages 14 to 18 of the consultation document.

FAQ If agreed, when will this take effect?

It is proposed that the new fees will take effect on 1 October 2019, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to our Rules.

Existing registrants will pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration after this date. You can find details of renewal periods for all the professions we regulate on page 15 of the consultation document.

FAQ What is the approval process for these proposals?

The consultation will run from Monday 24 September to Friday 14 December 2018.

Once the consultation period is completed, we will analyse the responses we receive. We will then publish a document that summarises the comments we received and explains the decisions we have taken as a result. This will be considered by our Council at their meeting in February 2019 and will be published on our website.

Following the Council meeting, we will seek parliamentary approval of changes to our Rules.

FAQ Why are you proposing that the fees should increase?

The consultation document sets out the detailed rationale for these proposals. In brief, we are seeking increases to support our new strategic focus of promoting professionalism and preventing fitness to practise issues from arising. We also need to continue to invest in the services we offer to registrants. The consultation takes place in the context of keeping pace with the cost of inflation and the impact on our operations and income when social workers in England transfer to Social Work England in 2019.

FAQ Why can't the government pay?

As an independent regulator we are self-financing with our operating costs funded entirely by the professionals on our Register. We do not receive any regular funding from the Government and we do not hold large reserves.

FAQ How did you come up with the figures for your costs?

We have undertaken a detailed analysis of our income and costs to determine the financial sustainability of the organisation over the next five years. The financial analysis that we have used to inform our decision-making is on our website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/100057FDEnc17-Registrantnumbersforecast2018-2023.pdf and http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10005896Enc08-5yearplan.pdf

FAQHow does the proposed fee compare with other regulators?

If adopted, we would continue to have the lowest renewal fee of all the health and care regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). You can see the comparison in figure 4 on page 13 of the consultation document. We are able to do this due to the efficiencies associated with having a large number of registrants.
It continues to be the Council's intention to be as efficient as possible in order to keep fee levels as low as possible.

FAQ How do you manage your costs?

We aim to manage our finances so our expenditure broadly matches our income. We try to be as efficient as possible and aim not to make large surpluses or hold large reserves. You can find out more about our financial performance by looking at our annual reports here. There is also detailed information on what the fees are spent on and our financial performance on pages 5 to 7 of the consultation document.

Our Council scrutinise our annual budget and financial performance, seeking cost savings and productivity improvements year on year. Papers and minutes from their meetings are available on our website here.

FAQ Why can't you make savings instead of increasing your fees?
Following feedback from previous fee consultations, we have already made savings in our operations. This includes, for example, introducing paperless renewals, reducing our senior management team and letting office space to another regulator.

In our five-year plan, we have also identified other opportunities, although these will require more detailed exploration, for example reducing our labour and estate costs as well as income generation opportunities like charging providers for the approval of programmes.

FAQ How can I manage the cost of my registration renewal fee?

You can spread the cost of registration over the two-year registration cycle by setting up a direct debit. Your fee will be deducted from your bank account in four separate instalments. You can find more information on the website.

The registration renewal fee is also tax deductible for standard rate UK taxpayers. This means that the proposed pound106 renewal fee would be reduced by 20% to pound85. For more information visit our website here.

FAQ I am a social worker; will I have to pay the new fees if the proposals are adopted?

For social workers in England, we anticipate the transfer of regulation to the new regulator, Social Work England (SWE) to happen in 2019. If there is no change to this, these proposals will not affect you.

Social workers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are separately regulated in those countries and are unaffected by these proposals.



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